Bearsharktopus Aquatic Swim Club

Parent Expectations

The Parent Role

Competitive swimming programs provide many benefits to young athletes including self-discipline, good sportsmanship, and time management skills. Competition allows the swimmer to experience success and to learn how to treat success and failure as two sides of the same coin, while becoming healthy and physically fit. As a parent, your major responsibility is to provide a stable, loving, and supportive environment. This positive environment will encourage your child to continue to grow. Show your interest by ensuring your child’s attendance at practices, coming to swimming meets, volunteering for your club at swim meets, participating in fundraising, etc.

Parents contribute to the success experienced by the child and the team. Parents serve as role models and their children emulate their attitudes. Be aware of this and strive to be positive role models. Most importantly, show good sportsmanship at all times toward coaches, officials, opponents, and teammates. Remember that you are teaching your child at all times.


Parents are required to be the vehicle for their children and bring them to and from practices and swim meets. It is the parent’s responsibility to bring the child earlier than the scheduled practice time to allow time in the locker room. Parents are also responsible for picking up their child right after practice. Arrangements should also be made to get your swimmer to and from practice or meets if you are not able to do so. If there are recurring issues with transportation you can speak with other parents or contact the transportation volunteer (check the Volunteer Page) who can assist with contacting others to help with transportation needs.


Since BASC is a new program, parent volunteers are needed to help sustain the club and make it great. Please view our volunteer page for Lead Volunteer roles or to serve as part of a committee. Initially, volunteers will need to submit a request to until a selected Lead Volunteer is chosen and posted on our website. Volunteers will be tracked by our secretary and those who have made a great contribution to our new club will receive a special recognition at the end of the season. Please visit our Fundraising and Sponsorship page (located under the 'Team Center' tab) for more information on volunteering. 


BASC has adopted TeamUnify and C&H Financial to conduct our billing and payment requirements. Each family must register through our website to activate billing and to attend practice. For more information on registration visit our registration page. Parents are required to enter credit card information since that is the only acceptable method of payment at this time. It is the parent’s responsibility to make sure payments are accepted and processed. We allow BASC membership to be paid on an annual or monthly basis. Monthly payments will automatically draft on the first of the month (if 'On Demand' payments are not made). If payments are not made according to the selected payment mode, membership may be suspended and the child will not be able to attend meets or practices. To find out more information about our payment process and to answer additional questions please refer to our registration page.


Viewing Practices or Meets

Parents are able to view practices and there is no limit to how many parents may watch. However, due to the limited room in the pool area, it may be uncomfortable and intrusive to your child’s practice. We encourage all parents to be involved in their child’s commitment to the team, but we ask that you limit viewing to occasionally so that other parents may also view their child’s practice when needed. We also ask that when attending a practice to leave the coaching to the coaches and save questions, comments, or concerns until the end of practice or during down time so the coach can focus on each athlete.

Parents are encouraged to attend each meet. Unfortunately, parents may not be able to step on the deck during the meet and should watch the meet from the designated viewing areas. The coach will go over meet expectations when your athlete registers for a meet. You can also visit our Swim Meet information page for general information.

Eleven Commandments for Parents of Athletic Children

  1. Make sure your child knows that – win or lose, scared or heroic – you love him, appreciate their efforts, and are not disappointed in them.  This will allow them to do their best without a fear of failure.  Be the person in their life they can look to for positive reinforcement and encouragement for success.

  2. Try your best to be completely honest about your child’s athletic capability, their competitive attitude, their sportsmanship, and their actual skill level.

  3. Be helpful but don’t coach them on the way to the pool or on the way back, at breakfast, and so on. It’s tough not to, but it’s a lot tougher for the child to be inundated with advice, pep talks, and often critical instruction.

  4. Teach them to enjoy the thrill of competition, to be “out there trying”, to be working to improve their skills and attitudes. Help them to develop a feel for competing, trying hard, and having fun.

  5. Try not to re-live your athletic life through your child in a way that creates pressure; you fumbled too, you lost as well as won. You were frightened, you backed off at times, and you were not always heroic. Don’t pressure them because of your pride.

  6. Athletic children need their parents, so you must not withdraw. Just remember there is a thinking, feeling, and sensitive free spirit out there in that uniform who needs a lot of understanding, especially when their world turns bad.  If they are comfortable with you – win or lose—they are on their way to maximum achievement and enjoyment.

  7. Don’t compete with the coach. If the coach becomes an authority figure, it will run from enchantment to disenchantment, etc., with your athlete.

  8. Don’t compare the skill, courage, or attitudes of your child with other members of the team, at least within their hearing.

  9. Get to know the coach so that you can be assured that his philosophy, attitudes, ethics, and knowledge are such that you are happy to have your child under his leadership.

  10. Always remember that children tend to exaggerate, both when praised and when criticized.  Temper your reaction and investigate before over-reacting.

  11. Make a point of understanding courage and the fact that it is relative. Some of us can climb mountains and are afraid to fight. Some of us will fight but turn to jelly if a bee approaches.  Everyone is frightened in certain areas. Explain that courage is not the absence of fear, but a means of doing something in spite of fear or discomfort.

The job of the parent of an athletic child is a tough one, and it takes a lot of effort to do it well.  It is worth all the effort when you hear a youngster say, “My parents really helped—I was lucky, in that respect.”